Drone footage shows devastated compound where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died

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VIDEO: Drone video shows the completely-leveled compound where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died

VIDEO: Drone video shows the completely-leveled compound where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died

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New drone footage shows what remains of the Syrian compound where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died as U.S. Delta Force commandos raided the secret lair on Saturday.

Turkish state-run news outlet Anadolu Agency released the footage Monday. It shows the compound in Barissa, Syria, completely leveled, with people milling about in the rubble.


A screenshot from drone footage that shows what remains of the Syrian compound where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died (Anadolu Agency via NBC News)

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U.S. fighter jets fired six rockets into the building after the kill team left, in order to prevent the building from turning into a shrine for the terrorist leader.

Earlier this month, Trump announced he was removing American troops from northern Syria, causing Turkey to invade the region, which may explain why it was a Turkish news outlet that got to the scene first to take the drone video.

Trump said Al-Baghdadi fled into an underground network of tunnels when the raid started, wearing a suicide vest and bringing three children with him.


A screenshot from drone footage that shows what remains of the Syrian compound where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died (Anadolu Agency via NBC News)

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When he reached the end of the tunnel, Trump said the most wanted terrorist in the world ignited the suicide vest, killing himself and all three of the children.

The explosion caused the tunnel to cave in, so U.S. forces weren't able to completely remove Baghdadi's body. But they got enough of it to conduct DNA testing to confirm that the man was indeed the head of ISIS.

U.S. forces stayed on the scene for about two hours, recovering highly sensitive information on the group.

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